The best gyms in London
Discover the best fitness centres across the whole of the capital
From state-of-the-art gyms to heavenly swimming pools, brilliant boxing clubs to dynamic dance studios, Time Out round up the best places to get fit in central London plus our recommendations to the best gyms in north, south, east and west London. So, no more excuses: it's time to get in shape.
East London's best gyms and fitness centres
20 Hazelville Rd, London, N19 3LP
The bags may be well punched and the weights worn here, but the tuition with former super-middleweight contender Enzo Giordano is excellent and the atmosphere good-humoured and empowering. The classes – two each weekday and a couple at the weekend - attract both sexes and all standards.
Forest Rd, Essex, Barkingside, IG6 3HD
Developed over nine phases since 1972 by a charitable trust, this extensive centre caters for fitness fans and sports players of all ages and ambitions – right up to international standard. The gym (with Technogym equipment) is light and spacious, the dance studio operates a wide-ranging timetable, there's an outdoor sports arena and the tennis centre is among the best in the country. A new building opened in 2011 has added an extra 12 badminton courts, plus indoor netball.
16-19 Canada Square, London, E14 5ER
Spanning three floors, this modern sports club takes gym membership to a chic new level complete with a bar and deli and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Canada Square. For now, there's plenty to keep you busy from golf to boxing and indoor football as well as a range of classes. Swimmers are well catered-for with a stunning 23-metre pool and those who like to unwind after a workout can relax in the sauna and steam rooms. In all, about as stylish and serene as a gym gets.
Unit 2a, First floor, 449-453 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E2 9QH
The London Academy of Wu's Tai Chi Chuan is one of 13 worldwide with direct connections to the Wu family. It's run by Gary Wragg, a founder member and former chairman of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, whose aim is to provide the most authentic tai chi classes anywhere. A five-session beginners' course offers an introduction to the basic techniques; there are seven classes per week to choose from. You can also learn self-defence applications, meditation or chi kung.
Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
As the name suggests, an integrated approach to fitness and injury rehab is the aim of Michael Goulden and his team, who combine muscle activation techniques, resistance training and nutrition when working with clients in their small, bright studio.
Unit 5, Limehouse Basin, 5 Branch Rd, London, E14 7JU
Ding is a genuine master who can trace his lineage back six generations to Yang Lu Chan, founder of the Yang style. Classes for all standards run five days a week at this attractive centre. Instructors also teach in Stratford, Wanstead and South Woodford.